Hip Hop 101: Dance Workshop
Friday, March 30, 2012 – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Vernon Social Center
Hip-Hop 101: Journey through time and experience the evolution of hip-hop from its old school social dance roots to the contemporary phenomenon of commercial choreography that hip-hop has become. This class shows the links between old skool and new skool hip-hop while focusing on technique, attitude and style.
Megan “Megz” Alfonso was raised in the Bronx and then moved to Long Island where she began training at Michelle Ferraro’s Dance USA. She dedicated her time to taking and teaching dance classes for the past 18 years. Her accomplishments consist of assisting choreographers Nick Zobrowski at Adrenaline Dance Conventions, Shelia Barker at MPAC, and Cynthia Geffon and Nick Zobrowski at the Choreographer’s Ball in LA, as well as teaching her own choreography at workshops and conventions. She was featured in the October 2005 issue of Dance Spirit Magazine.
Megz was an extra in the movies Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and Step Up 3D, and she also dances in the new Idog commerical. She was a Top 30 finalist for the 6th season of So You Think You Can Dance. Recently, Megz has been choreographing and dancing back-up an up-coming singing artists. Megz aspires to continue training and bettering herself as a dancer and choreographer so that she can achieve all of her goals for her future and inspire others to do the same.
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Taeko Koji danced frequently on Japanese television, as well as on Fox News and CNN in the United States. She performed for Yoko Ono at the United Nations and makes frequent appearances in leading US venues like Jacob’s Pillow, Joyce SoHo, New York City Center, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the Southbank Center in London. She has worked on behalf of major brands like Adidas, Reebok, Ocean Pacific, Brooklyn Industries and UFO Jeans. In the process, She has earned attention from leading dance publications like The New York Times, New York Press, Dance Spirit Magazine, XXL Magazine, and DanceInsider.com, which described her as “bright and sparking” and “an exuberant force.” Taeko has been with award winning all female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre since 2004. Currently, Taeko is choreographing and dancing for L’Oreal Matrix events across the US.